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Pierce Institute
White Bead, I. T.

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This school was located across from Whitebead Cemetery and in it's day it attracted students
from far and near.  It was at it's peak from 1885 to 1888 when it was the only school of it's
kind in this section of Indian Territory. After 1880, due to the railroad bypassing Whitebead,
the school decreased in size and influence, becoming just another country school by 1890.

The building was then used for church services along with being a country school until
it was damaged by a windstorm in 1904.  The lumber was salvaged and used to build
the Methodist Church

There were five teachers and Reverend Powell was the President.
The lower grades studied reading, writing, arithmetic, spelling, geography, lower history,
and elementary English.  The upper classes were on a level with secondary colleges and
subjects included Greek, Latin, Hebrew, algebra, trigonometry, geometry, English grammar,
composition, public speaking and various histories.

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